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ONE OF THE BEST. Northern Nash's Kiana Thomas (left) was one of three Girls Most Valuable Players this season in the Big East Conference.

NASH COUNTY -- The wild basketball season in the Big East Conference had one final curtain call with the announcement of the All-League team for the 2014-15 campaign.
The Coach of the Year honors were rather expected, as Northern Nash's Henry Drake (boys) and Grover Battle (girls) received the top awards.
Drake led the NN boys to within one game of the league crown -- and the Knights also made an appearance in the Class 3-A State Playoffs in Drake's initial season in charge of the program.

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Votipka honored in ODAC
Votipka honored in ODAC

GREENSBORO -- Guilford College's Turner Votipka earned his second Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Men's Tennis Player of the Week Award recentlyy.
The winner of the March 2 weekly ODAC honor, he is the Quakers' first two-time recipient in a single season in at least 10 years.
Votipka, a senior captain from Nash Central High School, posted a 3-1 combined record in Guilford's two ODAC victories.

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Southern Salutes Winter Athletes
CLINTON'S QUEST. Clinton Whitaker (top) enjoyed a sparkling season this winter for the Southern Nash High School wrestling squad. Whitaker qualified for the Class 3-A State Championships last month at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Southern Salutes Winter Athletes

STANHOPE -- Southern Nash High School recently hosted its 2014-15 Winter Awards Ceremony on the SNHS campus.
Honorees from the event were as follows, by sport:

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Turkey hunting targeted
Turkey hunting targeted

NASH COUNTY -- The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will open the statewide spring hunting season for wild turkeys -- male and bearded turkeys only -- on April 11 through May 9, preceded by a youth-only week from April 4-10.
During the youth-only season, turkey hunting is only allowed for those younger than 16 years, who must be accompanied by a licensed adult at least 21 years old.

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CLR opens racing season

ELM CITY -- After 126 days of waiting for the 2015 racing season to begin at County Line Raceway, this all ended last Saturday night as fans and drivers poured into the 3/8th-mile clay oval to kickoff the track's 27th consecutive season of racing action.
The night began with qualifying for the two featured divisions.
Ultimate Super Late Models would take to the track first seeing the 101 of Casey Roberts, who won last year's season finale Race for the Kids, set the fast time turning the track in only 14.176 seconds.

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Mudcats release promotion sked
Mudcats release promotion sked

ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats, the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Atlanta Braves and member of the historic Carolina League, have announced their promotional schedule for the 2015, 25th anniversary season at Five County Stadium.
Individual tickets are now available online at www.caronlinamudcats.com, by calling (919) 269-2287 and by visiting the Five County Stadium box office.

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Wesleyan drops series at Ferrum

FERRUM, VA. -- Sophomore Kaelan Jacobs went 6-of-11 with a pair of doubles over the weekend, but it would not be enough to lift his North Carolina Wesleyan College Bishops to a baseball series win at Ferrum.
After dropping last Friday's opener by an 8-3 score, the Bishops bounced back for a 9-2 win in game two only to see the Panthers take the rubber game by a 6-3 tally.

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Big East Conference golf in full swing

ROCKY MOUNT -- The Big East Conference staged its second boys league match of the season on Monday afternoon at Northgreen County Club.
Wilson Hunt was the narrow winner at 330 strokes -- just two shots ahead of backyard rival Wilson Fike (332).
Northern Nash was third at 364, followed by Southern Nash (366), Nash Central (419) and Rocky Mount (436).
Southern Nash veteran Josh Harden was the overall medalist with a 74.

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Tobs ready for a big campaign

WILSON -- The Wilson Tobs have announced their 2015 promotions schedule.
This year will feature some new promotions among some old favorites.
The Tobs will also feature a record 33 home games in 2015 at Fleming Stadium.
Thomas and Farris Postgame Fireworks return for two nights: Opening Night Sunday, May 24 and the Fourth of July Firework Extravaganza.

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